World’s first Employment Agency for….Robots

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The novel model allows companies to hire robot labor by the hour or literally pay a task-completed-based salary rate.

Sounds like a scene from a sci fi movie right? Well, this actually happened last week in Israel.

MusashiAI, a joint venture between SixAI Ltd. of Israel and Musashi Seimitsu of Japan (a Honda Motor Corporation affiliate company), has launched its fully autonomous robots to integrate seamlessly with human workers in an industry 4.0 factory environment. Its advanced robots are planned to undertake the often overly strenuous and repetitive work endured by humans in industrial workplaces. 

Both of its forklift and visual inspection AI-controlled robots are being tested by Musashi Seimitsu, a global leader in ​automotive transmission parts with 35 manufacturing plants worldwide.

The JV also introduces a unique business model by providing industrial employers an option to source the labor they need through a robotic employment agency instead of investing significant capital in purchasing robots as machines. 

The novel model allows companies to hire robot labor by the hour or literally pay a task-completed-based salary rate. 

These developments represent a major leap forward in the deployment of robots:

  • The robots are genuinely autonomous rather than automated – they are given tasks and define their own optimal way to perform those tasks, just as humans do.
  • The two robot models are taking on tasks that humans find overly repetitive, strenuous and unfulfilling.
  • The new commercial model of hiring robots by the hour or task means that they are now available to support many more companies or organizations.

The robots now being tested at Musashi Seimitsu are working as:

  • Visual Quality Control Inspector: Based on artificial intelligence and cutting-edge optics, the visual inspector is able, just like the human employee, to identify defects in manufacturing lines.
  • Fully Autonomous Forklift Driver:  navigate on its own to perform a variety of logistics tasks previously limited to human forklift drivers, with unparalleled efficiency and safety standards aimed at preventing injuries to work staff on the warehouse or manufacturing floor.

By way of example, an experienced human quality control inspector checks manufactured parts for defects in approximately 2 seconds per part with an accuracy of 97%. Traditionally, the better robots took over 20 seconds per component to achieve 70% accuracy. MusashiAI’s AI-based robots already work at a similar effectiveness to humans with just under 2 seconds for above 98% accuracy. Real AI, namely self-taught machine learning, is central to this achievement. 

Ran Poliakine, Founder & Chairman of SixAI added:

Our goal is to find ways to integrate genuinely smart robots in real-world workplaces. We want people and companies to be able to allocate repetitive, but essential work to robot workers, while humans focus on the more complex and engaging tasks, where they have a competitive advantage over machines. Our collaboration with Musashi Semitsu comes to unveil our advanced AI, optics and edge computing capabilities to optimize industrial performance and present real industry 4.0 solutions.

“Our robot employment agency is a gamechanger. It will provide capacity in markets that struggle with labor availability either through the difficulty of the work itself or the cost pressures they face. By offering hourly or task related salary rates, our autonomous robotic AI employees are easy to plan for and integrate in any factory workflow.”

The branding for this product is, in my opinion, Genius. Using present day workforce terms and scenarios such as “recruitment agency”, “sourcing labor”, “hire labor” and “robotic employees” emphasizes the danger of extinction that these workforces face. It starts here, but will surely move on to other roles.
As for the cost? It will be significantly underpriced. I the whereabouts of 1/3 to 1/2 of the annual cost of a human performing this job.

This is yet another wake up call for humans performing jobs with repetitive components – If you work like a robot, you will be replaced by one.

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